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Author: Beth Kindig

Beth Kindig has published over 700 articles in the last 6 years exclusively on technology and startups. She has held product marketing and developer evangelist roles at tech companies representing products in data, security, internet of things, connected cars, connected home, mobile, encryption, health care, and finance tech. Her articles have been featured in Venture Beat, MediaPost, AdExchanger, and the International Association of Privacy Professionals. She has written over 30 reports and whitepapers on enterprise technologies. She has been a speaker at Android Developers Conference, GamesBeat, Advertising Week NYC, Tech Week and more.

Podcast: How Mobile Modules Will Help Bees

In episode 5 of Tech Lightning Rounds, Beth Kindig goes directly to the source of expertise in hardware devices and hosts discussions with technologists who specialize in the field. Interviews are held in “lightning round” format, which are rapid interviews with tech experts for immediate depth on each topic. The GSMA, or the Global System of Mobile Communications, is the hub of the mobile industry. The GSMA is a trade body with over 800 mobile operators and a further 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem as associate members and is tasked with organizing the largest world’s largest mobile conference,…

Will Bitcoin Make a Good Investment? Part 1: Institutional Adoption

The largest bitcoin conference in the world took place last month in San Francisco with many early pioneers discussing why bitcoin has made a good investment for them and why bitcoin investments will do well long-term. You can view highlights from the Bitcoin conference here. Bitcoin buyers fall into two camps (primarily). Those who trade the cryptocurrency and those who “stack Satoshis,” a term for stockpiling on bitcoin as a means of building long-term wealth. Stacking Satoshis may be the most successful tactic due to a few key iterations that bitcoin will go through to ultimately strengthen its price and…

Highlights from Bitcoin Conference 2019

Last week, the world’s largest bitcoin conference took place in San Francisco. Despite bitcoin holding a $200 billion market cap in Q2 2019, cryptocurrency conferences receive less press than tech conferences from companies with comparable market caps, such as Oracle World, Dream Force or even Oktane, a conference by a company with a fraction of the market cap that receives ample press coverage.  Despite naysayers, Bitcoin has proven to be a revolutionary, digital asset. Worst case scenario, if you had invested in bitcoin as a long-term investment at the height of each bubble and sold at the bottom of the…

PODCAST: Is the Mobile Market Saturated? Mobile Experts Answer

The mobile market is beginning to show signs of saturation with Samsung’s operating profit dropping 60% recently and Apple issuing warnings in Q4 2018. The mobile market contracted in 2017 to 1.462 billion units and in 2018 to 1.42 billion units, and is expected to return to minimal yet positive growth percentages at a CAGR of 2.5%. IDC estimated Apple will sell 242 million smartphones by 2022 up from 221 million in 2018. The most up to date number available from IDC is an anticipated decline of 0.8% in worldwide mobile sales in 2019, published on March 6th. GSMA Discusses the…

CrowdStrike IPO: Price at 2x Addressable Market

Crowdstrike is another Silicon Valley startup that recently went public with triple-digits across the board including revenue growth, net retention rate, and annual revenue-run rate, which may have you wondering, how does one tell all of these Silicon Valley IPOs apart? For the Crowdstrike IPO, as with most cybersecurity companies, competitive landscape is crucial and requires bulletproof product differentiation as security is a very crowded space. This analysis will look into the product differentiation between Crowdstrike and its competitors for endpoint security to achieve an understanding of valuation and to form a prediction of how Crowdstrike will perform as a…

Will Facebook Cryptocurrency Have A Long-Term Impact?

Facebook has been clobbered by privacy issues for nearly 16 months now. A pivot into cryptocurrency could help save the social media giants market cap while making good use of the platform’s 2.3 billion users. The main issue for investors is the short-term risks with privacy and data may not outweigh the long-term opportunities with crypto this year. Background on Facebook’s Cryptocurrency: News has been circulating for some time about Facebook’s cryptocurrency venture with news officially breaking on Friday that Facebook has signed a consortium of firms known as the Libra Association to govern Facebook’s cryptocurrency. The list of names…

Uber Stock Had Disappointing Q1 Earnings: So Why Did the Price Go Up?

Uber’s CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, is blaming timing and the trade war for the stock’s poor performance in its public market debut rather than focusing on the company’s unprofitability. When Uber filed to go public, the S-1 filing showed a massive operating loss of $3 billion per year. The most recent earnings report on May 30th showed the losses are getting worse at $1 billion per quarter for the “deeply unprofitable” company. Revenue is slowing down with growth of 20 percent to $3.1 billion in the most recent quarter compared to 25 percent revenue in the year-prior quarter. This was Uber’s…

Slack IPO: Pros and Cons

June 20th is the official date of the Slack IPO, although the technical term is not an IPO but rather a DPO for Direct Public Offering. Of the cloud software companies to go public over the last few years, Slack may be Silicon Valley’s pet favorite. You can think of Slack as a cloud-based messaging and delivery hub for teams as email is ineffective for frequent communication and projects. The product is simply amazing in terms of productivity and team work flow. From a customer perspective, the cost of the paid product is offset by the time employees save by…